With the current state of infrastructure in rural zones of
logistical difficulties have hindered agencies from collecting data
that is critical
to successful planning and implementation of water management
activities. In an effort to overcome
these difficulties, the Intelligent Water Project is partnering with
World Vision to transform the
current method of data collection into a system that will
automatically capture and organize data
about hand pump functionality from both sensor and human sources.
Under the IWP, hand pumps will continue to deliver water to
communities where it is urgently needed,
while collecting data to store in an Internet-based, secure database.
A suite of cloud-based web
applications will access the secure database and allow users to
perform different kinds of well and
pump data analyses. Some of the analyses conducted by the IWP
application suite will include:
- Quality Assurance/Quality
Control to identify potential malfunction of sensors.
- Flagging of errors in sensor
- Application of statistical
methods to validate information collected.
- Volume of water drawn with
respect to time of day or season.
- Fluctuation of water levels
in particular areas and trend analysis of information with
respect to parameters like time or location.
Ultimately, such data collection and organization will be
instrumental in leading managers, technicians,
and donors to make more informed decisions. Through the IWP,
visibility of pump performance will be improved,
allowing for greater ease in maintenance and reporting. Moreover,
with an Internet-based, secure database,
IWP will provide a one-stop source for storage and access to hand
pump related data. By fully embracing
a Christ-centered work ethic, the IWP seeks above all else to
demonstrate the love of God by volunteering
its services to tackle the root causes of poverty and provide safe
water to those in need of it.